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Everest Base Camp Trekking is a renowned trek, drawing trekkers from around the world. It has been a popular destination since the very first expedition to Mount Everest in 1953. Fourteen Summits offers a two-week trek that takes you close to the highest mountain on Earth.
The Everest region is situated in the northeastern part of Nepal, with the most frequented area being the Solukhumbu district, known for its legendary Sherpas and the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, standing at 8,848 meters in height. To the north of Solukhumbu lies Sagarmatha National Park, and to the east, you’ll find Makalu Barun National Park. The major ethnic groups residing in the region include Sherpas, Rais, Tamangs, Brahmins, and Chhettris. This area boasts a diverse range of wildlife and vegetation, where you can encounter mountain goats, musk deer, and barking deer in the forests. Additionally, you can spot various bird species like pheasants (known as “Danfe” in Nepali, which is also Nepal’s national bird), ravens, crows, coughs, and snow pigeons. The best times to visit are during the spring and autumn seasons.
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip. Overnight at Hotel.
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
The 25 minutes flight gives you excellent views of high mountain ranges and beautiful valleys. Trek (about 3 hrs) to Phakding (2600m), passing through many Sherpa villages and points giving you a great view of the Kusum Kangru (6369m). Overnight at tea house lodge.
Early wake-up today because this is an exciting day. First part is pretty easy. It is a high altitude way so slow and steady walking will work best. Namche is the gate way to Everest region towers above the two great valleys named Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. We pass through several villages and beautiful valleys along the Dudh Kosi River. As we reach to Manjo (2800m), we have to check-in using our entry permit. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Acclimatization day which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the villages of Thame or Khumjung, which have fantastic views of Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), Ama-Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Tobuche (6367m) and many other mountains. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking about 5 hrs. Our journey starts with views of sunshine-lit Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We continue to a steep descent towards a bridge over the Dudh Kosi at (3250m), the deepest valley after Namche and before the Base Camp and then climb up a zigzagging path fringed by rhododendron bushes. We can see some superb mountain view towards Tengpoche, famous for its legendary monastery, being the largest in Khumbu. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking around 5 hrs. An easy descent through the forest towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola river, then a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche (3930m) that houses the most ancient monastery in the region and further to Dingboche. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Explore to the Chhukung Village (4756m), great views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Kali Himal. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking about 5 hrs. The trail starts to be more challenging because of high altitude. After 3 hrs walking, the trail starts to get steep and we climb up to the Memorial Camp and continue to Lobuche. Visit to the Italian Research Camp, views of many mountains including Nuptse, Pumori (7165m), Khumbu Ice Fall etc. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking in the Khumbu valley alongside of Khumbu Glacier and after Ghorakshep walking either along or on the glacier. It is difficult to breathe here due to high altitude and we spend some time at EBC than back to Ghorakshep. Overnight at tea house lodge.
About 6 – 7 hrs. Morning climb up to Kala Pathar (5545m – best view point) and trek down to Pheriche. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking around 4-5 hrs, easy way down. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking around 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Trek back to Lukla. We will finish our great journey at about 6 hours from the highest mountain. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.
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We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and in tea-houses during the trek. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Fourteen Summits will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses at some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and in trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher altitude.
All meals will be provided during trekking (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the trek and trekkers can order lunch and dinner individually from the tea-house menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available . There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. Travelers who can easily walk uphill and downhill trail up to 6-7 hours a day will enjoy this trip to the fullest. It is a good idea to prepare for the Everest trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior undertaking the trip. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp will be considerably easy for those who have experience in trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health and positive attitude are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trek. Past hiking experience would definitely be an asset but no particular technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Fourteen Summit before booking the trek for their own safety reasons.
The best time for trekking to the Everest Base Camp is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.